Monday, December 28, 2015

Members and friends of IofC in the Ottawa/Gatineau area have started meeting on a regular basis  at the Ottawa office of IofC Canada.

Ottawa, December 9, 2015 - Members and friends of IofC in the Ottawa/Gatineau area have started meeting on a regular basis at the Ottawa office of IofC Canada.

Organizers of these meetings are Mary Ella Keblusek, Elaine Gordon, and Andrew Drake. Two lunch time meetings have been held so far, with eight to ten attendees at each.
At the November lunch meeting, participants split their time between sharing their personal stories, and a special presentation about South Sudan from Justin Laku.
Justin was a Caux Scholar this past summer and he is integrally involved in working with various stakeholders in the recent conflicts that have been plaguing South Sudan. Justin is working on his PhD at St. Paul University, Ottawa, so he lives in Ottawa part time when he is not in Juba.

December’s meeting focused on a discussion of what types of projects the team in Ottawa would like to work on together. A number of ideas are under consideration, including hosting a regular ‘movie night’ where the organizers would screen an IofC film (possibly in the office or in a home), followed by facilitated discussion. This could be a great way to connect with IofC members, as well as invite new people to learn more about IofC.
The organizers plan to continue the two-hour meetings on a regular basis with the first hour devoted to eating and social time, and the second hour for a particular topic or speaker.

A short survey will be sent out in early January to the IofC Ottawa/Gatineau team to identify best times for gatherings and gather more ideas for projects.

Mary Ella Keblusek, Ottawa